Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Real Christmas Spirit

This is my sister. She is an incredible person. Christmas has felt even brighter in my heart this year as I follow her story.
Look here-
I Am What I Do

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Gotcha Day

Gotcha Day is a very special day. My sister and brother-in-law are over in China right now adopting their second "China Baby." Gotcha Day is the day they get to meet their little girl. Check out the amazing meeting HERE.

And if you're curious, follow their journey before and after

China Baby Blog

It's all pretty special.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A New Baby Means...

...another stocking!

Getting ready for Christmas has been extra fun this year. Madeline is loving it and soaking up all the Christmasy things. She asks me about 50 times if she can open an advent door (after she's already opened that day's) usually with a grin because she knows what the answer will be but she'll try it out just in case.

She sings and hums Christmas songs to herself all day long. She wants to watch a nativity movie about the birth of Christ several times each day too. We asked her what she wants for Christmas and she said, "chocolate and chocolate milk." (A girl after my own heart!) She has adjusted to having a baby around and is mostly sweet again. Her latest phrases are "I can't resist!" Which she rarely uses in the right context, but picked it up from a Curious George book. She also says. "Something is not right!" (from the Madeline books) and "That's very frusterated." She adores her brother who has gotten pretty darn sweet himself.

I hope you are all enjoying the feelings, traditions and meaning of Christmas. It sure is a wonderful time of year. We have especially enjoyed this part of it this year

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Random Videos

Madeline is like my personal trainer. She asks to exercise every morning and she does the whole workout with me. We are fans of Jillian Michaels videos. That's just about all I can do with two kids and a husband who works odd and long hours. But I love her videos and I get results.
When Jillian stops exercising to explain form or something else, Madeline says, "She's not doing it! Why is she standing there?!" I find it pretty funny. I actually wish I had Madeline's flexibility and ab strength!

Here she is during the warm up. I couldn't get any more because she told me I needed to come do it with her!

And Charlie is almost three months. I forgot how it magically gets better around this age. Just this week he's been happily playing on the floor or in his bouncer. He tries to bat at toys and grins and coos at anyone who talks to him, especially his sister. He is a sweet little thing.

**Update on last post -
Madeline is SO much better.It's night and day. I feel so bad I didn't address this a long time ago. I thought she was just stubborn, but really she had some physical issues there. All of our frustrations have disappeared (at least in that department) :)

Culturelle does seem to have worked too. Charlie is definitely less gassy and doesn't grunt and groan as much. He seems happier overall. I'm not sure if it's because he's getting a little older or if the probiotics are doing their thing. Either way, it's getting easier and I'm happy about that!